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Old 08-24-2004, 12:04 PM   #81
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Default Re: 2004 Big Dog Ridgeback

Yes, if you click on the "VIDEOS" tab on the homepage, you can see every video that MO has ever published. -Sean
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Old 08-24-2004, 12:07 PM   #82
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No slight meant to Ebass, or MO. I just hope someone at MO is keeping a real good diary. When MO goes big time, the monday night movie (based off the early days) will be great to watch

I like the differing opinions/styles/takes on the motorcycle world.

Just hope reviews and such keep coming up, with the expected flair.

I am curious as to how many bikes are available from the manufactures for the press to test. I say if they have anything, grab it and test it.

Thanks for the review.
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Old 08-24-2004, 12:17 PM   #83
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Very interesting. Thankx for the link.
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Old 08-24-2004, 12:58 PM   #84
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Wow, this is a first. Nearly everyone posting for once agrees- to hate choppers. I always knew it there was a bond amoung us (I have to admit when I first joined MO I thought it was everyone hates KPaul). Well, I'm not going to break the trend for sure.



Sean, as for the question, "What do you think about choppers, should we cover more of them in the future, or should we stick to the mainstream stuff? Well, I think the Reader Feedback has answered that well enough. Once a year is enough so long as you rag the hell out of it, make us laugh, and show pics of hot chicks.



However, I remember once the question being asked, "Should MO cover more dirt?" I am assuming you were not referring to the Monica Lewinsky, Swift Boat, "He didn't show up for National Guard duty", "I alone deserve the gold medal" kind of dirt but to dirt riding. To which I answered Yes, yes, yes, yes, etc.



Was I the only one (or only one of a few?)?
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:23 PM   #85
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Hey, don't get in Darwin's way! Choppers Rule! Front brakes are DANGEROUS! Chopping up a Duc?, Man that's just wrong.
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:30 PM   #86
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In 1971, Dirt Bike magazine raced a 650 Triumph "Sunset Tripper" chopper (built by Burbank Triumph, now Burbank Kawasaki) in the Mint 400.



It had a 2' over front end, and would have place well, if not for a flat rear tire.



Maybe they should have tested the Big Dog in the dirt. With all that rake, it would be sweet in the whoops.



And no rear suspension to fade. Now there's a concept.
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:34 PM   #87
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I like dirt.
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:37 PM   #88
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Didn't Super Hunky ride the chopper, in that race? If MO made decent money, we'd lure Super Hunky up from Mehiko and put him on the payroll. -Sean
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Old 08-24-2004, 02:11 PM   #89
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Yes, it's all chronicled in Rick's book "Monkey But", of which I have an autographed, hardbound edition.



He commented it handled kind of like a Bultaco Bandito.



SuperÂ’s the master of bike test put-downs. Once, he accused Bultaco of constructing frames from material that conformed to Barcelona plumbing burst test specifications.



One of his best works, for my money, was the "Top 10 Worst Dirt Bikes Ever Made" list, in the 1973 edition of the Dirt Bike Buyers guide. I have a dog-eared copy is residing on the toilet tank at home, and that article still holds true to this day. Of course, arenÂ’t too many 441 Victors or 400 Cyclones around anymore. But itÂ’s still great reading, much like your missive on the chopper.



More dirt Sir!

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Old 08-24-2004, 02:15 PM   #90
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Yeah, I saw it. The guy's name is Steve Natt (spelling?) and he pops up on a few motorcycle shows. For those who've got Mag Rack on their digital cable systems, he used to host the show "Motorcycle Freedom." He actually is a former road racer of some sort and seemed to be more partial to sport/naked bikes, but he never really had much negative stuff to say. I suspect that the manufacturers had much to do with the financing/production of the show.



As for the "American Thunder," it was one of the few times I acutally saw a riding impression, The only one I think I can remember is when they had a couple of Buell XBs on the show. You should also note that Steve took one the more mildly raked models out for a ride. And it did have cool paint--a midnight-blue Chevy SS muscle theme with only the two broad white racing stripes--none of those played out flame/tribal/skull jobs. (Msr. Natt even mentioned much he liked the paint.) He kept saying things like how surprised he was that it was such a well-engineered motorcycle. But somehow I doubt when the cameras were turned off that he would choose it over any competent sport/sport tourer/naked or a good factory cruiser. Especially for like $35K. Remember, the guy was working for "American Thunder" on that day.
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